Tuesday, April 6th 2010

WD Launches Newest VelociRaptor, The Fastest SATA Hard Drive With Twice the Capacity

WD announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity. As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today, and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation.

The most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The WD VelociRaptor drive is also available in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis and 3.5-inch HDD form factor enterprise chassis.

"WD is a leader in the performance and reliability of enterprise SATA hard drives," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business unit. "Demand for performance combined with an increase in capacity continues to rise and WD is the leader in this category. WD customers can rely on the new WD VelociRaptor to deliver high performance under the harshest conditions, while continuing to keep user data safe."
Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
  • Killer speed- SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache enhance the next generation 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor making it up to 15% faster than the award-winning previous generation.
  • Monstrous capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA drives are available in capacities up to 600 GB, double the capacity of the previous generation.
  • Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA drive.
  • Ultra-cool operation - Consumes no more power than the previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering double the capacity and higher performance.
  • IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
  • NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
  • Environmentally conscious - In addition to being ROHS compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Price and AvailabilityWD VelociRaptor (model WD4500HLHX and WD6000HLHX - 3.5-inch version with IcePack) hard drives are available now at select distributors and resellers. WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD4500BLHX and WD6000BLHX) are under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors within this quarter. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD.

For more information, visit the product page.
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33 Comments on WD Launches Newest VelociRaptor, The Fastest SATA Hard Drive With Twice the Capacity

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Ha...I thought these were going to be competitive to SSDs, but the prices needed to be at least half that to be worth it.
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#2
Ozpa
I hope someone does a comparison review of the old Raptors and these :)
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#3
Delta6326
those cost way to much i would rather get a ssd
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#6
Ozpa
The average Joe doesn't need over 128GB for the OS drive most of the time. Most of use use 2 drives anyway, why would you make a Raptor/SSD an archive for video/audio when you could buy a standalone 1-2TB cheap 7200 HDD for that.
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#7
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Airbrushkid
You all are complaining about price. But what the heck are you talking about? Have you seen the prices of a 512 gb ssd? The cheapest I found is $1,399.00. Here take a look --

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150636%201421447171&name=512GB
Because they also have to compete with standard Hard Drives. For me to be inticed to move to a VelociRaptor over my standard 7200RPM Drive, they need to be reasonably priced.

by: Ozpa
The average Joe doesn't need over 128GB for the OS drive most of the time. Most of use use 2 drives anyway, why would you make a Raptor/SSD an archive for video/audio when you could buy a standalone 1-2TB cheap 7200 HDD for that.
And the average Joe doesn't need an SSD either...
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#8
entropy13
Oooohhh techreport has a review on this
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#9
Ozpa
You're right, but it makes no sense to store video/music on a fast HDD like Raptor/SSD. Therefore, no need for higher capacity fast DDs over 200GB really.
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#10
EarlZ
SSD for OS drive is actually moot for people who dont reboot/shutdown their PC's often.. after the OS loads the benefits of SSD for OS drive is gone, I had a X25-E for my OS drive and I only reboot for like once a month or a significant driver update. Never felt the benefits of SSD as an OS drive.
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#11
turtile
Isn't this the same price as the 300GB and 150GB when they were launched? The OEM 300GB is selling for $200 now.
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#12
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
lol looks like i was right :p
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#13
Jizzler
Doh! Going off the posting from yesterday, I thought there was going to be (cheaper) 150GB/300GB models as well.

Hmm... with the prices I was thinking of paying for the controller and drives, might as well look as PCIe SSD.
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#14
TIGR
I don't really see the point of these—neither those looking for cheap storage, nor those looking for performance, will have much use for them. Given the price point, "kinda low latency" and "kinda high transfer speed" (all things being relative) drives just don't strike me as a good option for anyone. You want truly high transfer speed, go RAID. You want that and truly low latency, go SSD.

Much love to WD and kudos for what from a technical perspective are excellent feats of engineering, but ... maybe it's time to cut this line, shift the tech to standard HDDs, and switch the performance focus to SSDs.
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#15
extrasalty
5 years from now the average Joe will not know what a HDD is. Moore's Law is a b1tch. :nutkick:
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#16
tw3akm@ster
by: Jizzler
Doh! Going off the posting from yesterday, I thought there was going to be (cheaper) 150GB/300GB models as well.

Hmm... with the prices I was thinking of paying for the controller and drives, might as well look as PCIe SSD.
Yep me too hoping for 150GB with 32MB cache. :shadedshu Anyone got some info if WD will be launching this within the next months... 2x 150GB in RAID 0 config would be nice.
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#17
Neohazard
I wana!!! LOL imagine 3 off then in RAID-0 O.O
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#18
phanbuey
i dont see the need for these when you can short stroke a 1.5 or a 1 tb drive and it will perform virtually identically to this one for half the price/heat/noise.

Hell for that price you could get two 1TB drives and stripe them short stroked and they would eat this for lunch.
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#19
kora04
would it work in a PS3?
it might overheat without the heatsink, tho, wont it?

*just a tech question. never gonna do it.
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#20
aj28
by: Ozpa
I hope someone does a comparison review of the old Raptors and these :)
Anand has one posted.
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#21
phanbuey
by: aj28
Anand has one posted.
linky? plz!! im lazy.
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#25
Roph
A 500GB platter 7200RPM 3.5" will net you ~130MB/s, this drive is pointless.
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